WBCA Launches XCEL Head Coach Workshop

ATLANTA – The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association held the XCEL Head Coach Workshop presented by FastModel Sports on Thursday, March 29, at the 2018 WBCA Convention in Columbus, Ohio.

NCAA Division I head women’s basketball coaches were invited for an opportunity to enhance their WBCA Convention experience by participating in this half-day program offering an intensive, peer-learning environment. It brought together head coaches to discuss pertinent and relevant topics in the sport and business, as well as to provide an environment to share current challenges and find solutions in a small, more personal setting.

“This program will allow the WBCA to help head coaches grow in areas off the court,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. “The participants were able to develop themselves and their skills on a personal level in order to improve as a coach.”

The workshop focused on mental health, legal concerns affecting coaches, working with administrators, the challenges and opportunities of social media, discussing challenging and real social injustice with your team, and various technologies being used in practices and games.

Stephen Graef, a sport psychologist at Ohio State, spoke on the topic of Full-Court Press – The What, Why and How of Student-Athlete Mental Health. Courtney Banghart, head coach at Princeton; Sandy Barbour, director of athletics at Penn State; David Benedict, director of athletics at Connecticut; Vicky Chun, vice president and director of athletics at Colgate; and Jennifer Strawley, deputy director of athletics and senior woman administrator at Miami; served as a panel to cover the topic of Being the Best CEO While Managing Up. Janet Judge, a partner at Holland & Knight LLP, presented on Legal Issues That Women’s Basketball Coaches Face. WBCA board members Lisa Fortier, head coach at Gonzaga; and Lindsay Gottlieb, head coach at California, helped facilitate the event.

Here are the head coaches who attended the workshop:



Tricia Binford

Montana State

Lynn Bria


Jeff Cammon

Long Beach State

Kelly Cole


Bradley Davis


Denise Dillon


Tricia Fabbri


Brian Giorgis


Jenerrie Harris


DeUnna Hendrix

High Point

Bonnie Henrickson

UC Santa Barbara

Erik Johnson


Carolyn Kieger


Daynia La-Force

Rhode Island

Joe Logan


Maureen Magarity

New Hampshire

Jessica Mannetti

Sacred Heart

Beth O’Boyle

Virginia Commonwealth

Rekha Patterson

Southeast Missouri State

Aaron Roussell


About the WBCA
Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association is the professional association for coaches of women's and girls' basketball at all levels of competition. The WBCA offers educational resources that coaches need to help make themselves better leaders, teachers and mentors to their players; provides opportunities for coaches to connect with peers in the profession; serves as the unifying voice of a diverse community of coaches to the organizations that control the game; and celebrates those coaches, players and other individuals who excel each year and contribute to the advancement of the sport. Visit www.WBCA.org for more details about the Association.